Posted on Leave a comment

A Crystal a Day Brings Good Vibes To Stay

A Crystal a Day Brings Good Vibes To Stay

By Ruby Warrington

On April 25, 2017

In Fashion, Happiness, Style

A Crystal a Day Brings Good Vibes To Stay

My phone feels like a sixth limb, so you’d think I’d embrace wearable tech, right? Wrong. In fact, the very idea makes me feel on the cusp of a mild anxiety attack.
 
But while the idea of attaching a piece of technology to my person makes me cringe, I’m in love with “wearable healing,” aka crystals. I never leave the house without tiny rubies (how could I?) my vintage diamond engagement ring, and an opal piece created by Communion By Joy, one of my favorite designers.
 
You see, while the quartz crystals in computers (you know, the ones that make up the silicon) help you tap into data—how many calories you burned, hours you slept, steps you took—the crystals that make up a gorgeous amethyst pendant help you tap into your inner knowing. The opal I cherish? It’s supposed to inspire love, hope, innocence, and happiness. How could I possibly leave home without it?
 
And while I admit the crystal jewelry scene can get a little crunchy, there are some amazing designers who make creations as chic as they are soul-enriching. Here, some of my favorites that deliver gorgeous fashion right along with heady vibes.
 
Communion by Joy
Describing her pieces as “sacred art for the modern mystic,” L.A.-based Joy Smith is inspired by the mysteries of life “beyond the veil.” My personal favorites are her raw gemstone rings. Also clutch: Her pieces are ethically sourced and made from recycled gold.
 

To-die-for rings by Communion By Joy


 
Pound Jewelry
So many women in my
Numinous crew  are proud owners of the signature pendulum crystal pendant from Pound, which doubles as a divination tool. Also amazing: their cluster crystal pendants. These have so much energy that they can be used to cleanse other stones simply by leaving a stone that needs clearing on the cluster overnight.
 

Gorgeous Pound pendants


 
Jill Urwin
With a background in fashion buying, Urwin, who co-founded London’s high-vibe boutique and event space She’s Lost Control is all about merging the edgy, the modern, and the mystical. Her favorite stone to work with is the Herkimer Diamond—known for its unrivaled natural symmetry.
 

A Jill Urwin crystal pendant

 
Rock n Raw
While the UK brand is known for its striking and delicate “Ultimate Guardian” pendant, I personally adore the signature crystal-set head-chain (pictured at top, perfect for Burning Man!). Delicate and super high end, the pink tourmaline “Gentle Courage” pendant is pretty close to the top of my wish list!
 

 The Rock n Raw “Floating Guardian” pendant


 
Alexandra Derby
Featuring different stones for each moon phase, Derby’s unique collections are a beautiful—and powerful—way to connect to the different phases of the moon cycle. She also has a pendant set with each birthstone to correspond to each sign of the zodiac.
 

An Alexandra Derby black moon earring


 
Melinda Lee Holm
I adore Melinda’s “Prescription Adornments”—in which she creates a custom piece based on a tarot reading! The two-part process is divided into “Gathering Wisdom” and “Choosing Aesthetics,” making each piece a personalized talisman to tap into your inner powers.
 

A Melinda Lee Holm necklace
 


Want more spirituality, mysticism, and advice for bringing your spirit to the next level of awesome? Follow us on Instagram.

Posted on Leave a comment

Are You a Princess or Queen?

Are You a Princess or Queen?

By Horoscope.com

On January 19, 2017

In Spirit

Are You a Princess or Queen?

Every girl wants to be a princess – but is this actually an unhealthy status to desire? Turns out, YES.

We all know the story of Cinderella… she lived with her evil stepmother and because she was “nice” she allowed her stepsisters to talk to her in a condescending tone and be complete disrespected. It’s clearly wrong. Yet it’s romanticized. Why?

If a naïve child reads this story or watches this movie, they could logically think: “If I am nice, even to people who are mean to me, some prince will show up, make me a princess, and everyone will know I was the good girl.”

Nice thought, but most victims aren’t so lucky… in women do not need to be rescued. Cinderella should have told her stepsisters to not talk to her like that, gotten a day job and moved out of her stepmother’s house, and created her own empire. That would have been the best revenge- not just marrying some rich guy – ruling her own domain as a QUEEN.

There’s a saying that goes “you can either be a princess in her tower or a queen on your throne.” Women (and men, too) all face daily scenarios in which we decide what role we are going to play (a big reason we reach our horoscopes or get Tarot readings). Sometimes we are a “princess in a tower” when a restaurant gets our order wrong and we decide to just “deal with it” and then never go back there again… but then we are a queen when we demand a raise from our boss, knowing that our needs deserve to be met.

The point is, you should take the time to ask yourself when you’re going through a tough time or making a decision who you are being – the princess, victim to her consequences, or the queen, who is accepting her consequences but using them as an opportunity to shine.

Be the queen! Recognize your value. Recognize your worth. Once you do that, the rest will follow.

Posted on Leave a comment

Need a Little Hope? Start With Wonder.

Need a Little Hope? Start With Wonder.

By Horoscope.com

On April 13, 2017

In Happiness, Sun, Zen

Need a Little Hope? Start With Wonder.

Can I let you in on a little secret? Sometimes I forget to stop and feel the awe when I globetrot. There are forever things to plan, places to be, things to do, people to meet, and things to go eat!
 
My trips are often hectic because I’m simultaneously working. But it’s a common phenomenon: Even on vacation, you’ve likely felt “switched on.” You’re mired in logistical details. You’re caught up in chronicling the experience for social media. Your mind is working a mile a minute as you breathlessly bound from one location to another. But it doesn’t have to be that way! In these times of conflict and uncertainty, travel should be an opportunity to nurture the soul, not another opportunity to stress out!
 
So how do we step back from the hustle, bustle, and minutiae of traveling and turn it into a journey that fills us with peace, purpose, and a sense of hope? Here’s what I’m trying, more and more, to do:

 
Relinquish control
Your itinerary doesn’t need to be on lock—once you’ve got a trip planned, it’s okay to let go and let the journey unfold. In Gift From The Sea (a great book for any seeker!) Anne Morrow Lindbergh said, “If you surrender completely to the moments as they pass, you live more richly those moments.” In other words, instead of micromanaging every aspect of your journey, leave yourself open to unexpected experiences, like the conversation with a stranger in a cafe or an afternoon wandering city streets. My visit to Cairo bloomed into Technicolor when I decided to trust and let Fathi, a local, lead me around the city after he found me on a busy street corner looking lost. It’s often the unexpected encounters that grow us the most.

Me, in an Egyptian temple.

Quiet your mind
Spiritual wellbeing and meditative practice go hand in hand, so be sure to make time in your travel schedule for some quiet contemplation. This could be as simple as taking a twenty minute break during the day to do some focused breathing, or as structured as signing up for a yoga class in the city you’re visiting. I did my first yoga class EVER in India, and I loved it so much that I signed up for another when I was vacationing in Oman.

The awesome Sagrada Família.

 
Visit destinations that ooze spirituality
The Catholic priest Henri J.M. Nouwen said, “The spiritual life does not remove us from the world but leads us deeper into it.” For this reason, I’ve been trying to cultivate greater spiritual mindfulness as I explore this beautiful, dissonant earth. And what better way than to visit the world’s sacred sites? While you may not be a believer, I dare you to walk through Barcelona’s cavernous Sagrada Família church without feeling awash with peace, wonder, and optimism. Machu Picchu, the Incan citadel found high in the Andes mountain range, will also dazzle you with its energy. So, that’s my suggestion, fellow travelers: Seek out and soak in the restorative powers of such magical places—then bring that magic home and spread it around. 

Machu Picchu in Peru.

Posted on Leave a comment

You Grow Through What You Go Through

You Grow Through What You Go Through

By Horoscope.com

On April 6, 2017

In Sun, Travel

You Grow Through What You Go Through

I often say that I didn’t choose travel, travel chose me. When I signed up for that year-long study abroad program in France my junior year of college, I had no idea it would lead to a lifelong love affair with globetrotting.

Now, nearly 15 years after I crossed the Atlantic for the first time, I’ve set foot in nearly 100 countries, made a career in travel (first through international teaching, currently as a travel writer), and I can’t imagine life any other way.

Travel has been a guiding force in my existence—wholly transformational and absolutely educational. People often ask about the most powerful things I’ve learned in my around-the-world explorations. This is what I tell them….

1. People are inherently good. Despite the scary anecdotes from news outlets, movies, and well-meaning, but uninformed friends, the world isn’t as dangerous as it seems. Let’s get real: The likelihood is that you won’t get kidnapped and tortured as you backpack across Europe à la the poor souls in the movie Hostel! On the contrary, local people in the places I’ve travelled to have accorded me a stunning amount of respect, kindness, and care; strangers from Mexico to Mongolia have opened up their homes to me and have welcomed me to their countries with open arms. The bottom line, as Mahatma Gandhi himself once said: “You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.”

2. You grow through what you go through. From the planning stages to actually being on the road, I’m a firm believer that travel makes you stronger on all levels. Trekking through the foothills of the Nepali Himalayas with a bum leg and an upset tummy tested my physical and emotional mettle; going to the Old City of Jerusalem and wandering through the Muslim, Christian, Armenian, and Jewish Quarters challenged my spiritual beliefs; and bargaining in Beijing’s market (with limited Chinese!) made me flex my mental muscles. Travelling has forced me to think more quickly on my feet, become more knowledgeable, resourceful, and empathetic. If these experiences haven’t made me a stronger person, I don’t know what possibly could!

3. Gratitude is the sign of noble souls. The Greek storyteller Aesop said that, and any good traveller should never forget it. Exploring the world, as well as seeing how other people live, has made me recognize how hugely privileged I am. I have travelled to countries where poverty is rife, where the infrastructure and political situation have made day-to-day life difficult, and where freedom of speech and movement are nearly impossible. I’ve met children who will never have the opportunity to continue their education beyond high school because they have to go work in order to support their families; I’ve met women who will forever be seen and not heard because that’s the expectation in the communities they inhabit. By contrast, I am free, well-fed, well-educated. I am more than my gender, I am from a country that is politically stable, and I have a voice. All of these things make me more privileged than the vast majority of the world’s population—and for that I will be eternally grateful!

As your new Sun Goddess here at Horoscope.com, I look forward to sharing more life lessons from my life as a digital nomad: from the best vacation destinations and deals for spirit-minded travelers; to on-the-road self-care tips; to insights on how you can harness the power of travel to gain clarity, get empowered, and become your very best self. I’m thrilled that we’ll be discovering some of the world’s most beautiful places, traditions and spiritual practices, together!

Posted on Leave a comment

Yes, Darling, Shopping Can Be Spiritual

Yes, Darling, Shopping Can Be Spiritual

By Ruby Warrington

On April 6, 2017

In Fashion, Shopping, Style

Yes, Darling, Shopping Can Be Spiritual

At the end of January, I found myself walking out of Aritzia on Broadway in downtown New York City, toting a bag containing an outsized, poppy-red sweater. It was exactly what my wardrobe needed, having survived two New York winters rotating the same three chunky knits. And, as an Aries, red is like totally my power color.

So why did I feel like I’d been punched in the stomach? Simple. My purchase was awash with GUILT. As I unpacked the sweater back at home and found a spare hanger for it in my closet, I realized I’d broken a promise I’d really only half-made to myself at the beginning of the year: to consume second-hand fashion only in 2017. And I couldn’t even make it as far as February.

That half-baked promise obviously meant a lot more to me on a soul level than I’d acknowledged. And so I decided there and then to recommit to it. Besides lingerie, swimwear, and shoes, for me this year it was trends and fast fashion OUT, and consignment and vintage finds IN.

I can’t remember exactly what sparked it, but like a large percentage of the global population (including the millions who took to the streets for the January 21 Women’s Marches) I began this year with a pressing question on my mind and on my lips: What can I do to help?

Switching up my Zara habit for rummaging at my local Buffalo Exchange might not sound like a lot. But with #NODAPL all over my social feeds, I’d been feeling increasingly uncomfortable about the fact that, after oil, fashion is the second “dirtiest” industry on the planet. Think pollution, toxic chemicals, decimation of natural resources, sweatshops, landfill…I mean urgh!

Which is so not to get all heavy on your ass and make you feel guilty about your fashion choices! Or to suggest we should all be walking around in sacks made of hemp. But. Part of identifying as a spiritual being, and as such connected by spirit to all other beings on the planet, is acknowledging the impact of our actions—on our (human and animal) sisters and brothers, and on our Mama Earth.

So back to the fun part! Speaking of Buffalo Exchange (an amazing consignment store with outlets all over the US, which I was actually introduced to by none other than your Spirit Goddess Gala Darling!): I’d been taking my cast-offs in for a while and had racked up a few hundred dollars worth of credit—and that day I walked out with a whole Ikea bag full of amazing designer finds for basically FREE. I’m talking Helmut Lang, Alexander Wang, Elizabeth & James…good stuff you guys, and all in pristine condition!

I was even inspired by my haul to host a fashion swap event at The Standard Hotel in NYC on March 25, co-hosted by former magazine editor Sah D’Simone and stylist Anna Trevelyan, with all proceeds going to the Indigenous Environmental Network. The big message? Less shopping, more swapping. There are more than enough beautiful clothes out there to go around. After all, one woman’s cast-offs are another woman’s fashion gold.

Inspired to host your own swap party? The New Moon is a great time for clearing out old stuff, and once you have your date, you can just ask friends to bring clothes to donate over to your place. But set some ground-rules—like nothing that’s totally falling apart or covered in stains. Turn it into a proper party by providing some snacks and pumping out some tunes. It could soon be your favorite way to shop!

Me, at right, with friends at our fashion swap!

Posted on Leave a comment

Wedding Secrets of the Stars

Wedding Secrets of the Stars

By Horoscope.com

On June 7, 2016

In Luck, Style

Wedding Secrets of the Stars

Want to feel like royalty on your big day? Try these star-studded tips.

The Moon
First things first: the sign of Libra is associated with partnerships of all kinds especially when committing to a long-term arrangement, as in a marriage ceremony. If there is a New Moon in Libra on this day your life together will get off to a great start and will likely blossom into something beautiful. Generally it is better for the Moon to be between new and almost full. A waning Moon is not such a great omen.

Venus
If Venus is in Libra, this will help make things extra special. There will be fabulous interactions between family, guests, in-laws, and friends. Everything will be as harmonious, light, and bright as possible. There may also be some matchmaking going on as certain people inspired by your big day decide they want a long-term lover.

Venus is linked with the bride and Mars with the groom so if you can make sure that both planets are in positive aspect to each other this will be very beneficial.

Jupiter
If Jupiter aspects the Sun, Moon, Venus, or Mars – or more than one of these – this, too, will bring good luck on the big day and thereafter.

Timing
Try to choose the month to get married depending on the reason for the marriage. March, July, and November will bring emotional depth, whereas if you decide to marry when the Air Signs are more predominant in June, February, or October the marriage will be more of a deep friendship with an intellectual rapport.

Getting married during the fiery months of April, August, and December makes for a spirited relationship with plenty of action and adventure. The earthy months of May, September, and January bring security, which some people crave but others may find too boring and restrictive.

Motion
Make sure that both Venus and Mercury are in forward motion. If either is retrograde it can cause complications later on. It also helps to make sure that neither Venus nor Mars is in combative signs like Aries or Scorpio.

Something Else…
There are old rhymes which give hints as to the best day of the week to be married. This goes something like: “Monday for health, Tuesday for wealth, and Wednesday is the best day of all.” Thursday through Sunday are all supposed to be less-than-ideal.

As far as wedding clothes go there are all sorts of traditions about what should be worn and what should be avoided. Wearing something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue is advice that is often followed by brides who want to ensure their wedding and marriage are as good as they can be.

Something old is about the continuity of the family, so a piece of jewelry or lace handed down allows older family members or ancestors to be included in the day. Something new brings bright hope for the bride and groom and their future together. Something borrowed allows friends to play their part. If something is borrowed it should be from a happily married woman and should be given back straight away.

Something blue is a symbol of faithfulness, purity, and loyalty, and the blue item is often the garter. In this more modern age some brides get a blue tattoo.

Even Kate Middleton in her marriage to Prince William followed this age-old custom by wearing something in each category. Although her gown looked white it did have a tiny slip of blue ribbon sewn into it. Her borrowed item was from the Queen who lent her the 1936 Cartier halo style tiara. It has been in the Royal Family since it was purchased by King George VI for the Queen Mother.

If you are planning a wedding check out the omens, honor tradition and have a wonderful day!

Posted on Leave a comment

How To Feel More Gratitude

How To Feel More Gratitude

By Horoscope.com

On November 10, 2014

In Family, Love, Spirit

How To Feel More Gratitude

Isn’t it great when someone says thank you? It’s such a simple thing, but it’s the heart and soul of gratitude. Some people consider Thanksgiving to be a form of prayer.

Sure, life gets crazy and difficult, but there’s a lot to be grateful for, and very little of it is related to money. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, let’s reflect on what each sign loves the most and say a big thank you for all we share.

Aries: Be thankful and cherish good health and the energy to chase down your dreams! Be well, feel well, stay highly self-motivated, and inspire the rest of the Zodiac with joy and your natural self-confidence.

Taurus: Be grateful for all beautiful places, possessions, and things that endure! And if they can’t last, you know we can cherish the memories. Be it creature comforts or more transcendental wonders, the beauty stays in our hearts forever.

Gemini: Friends keep us in touch with the world and ourselves! You understand that communication matters, so be especially grateful for those who keep us honest and real. Be extra grateful for friends who listen to us in our madness.

Cancer: Family is sometimes the best blessing in disguise! It’s the fundamental nature of who, why, and what we are before we mature and become our unique selves. Say thank you, love each other warts and all, and hug often!

Leo: Sheer fun and joie de vivre make life worth living! Your inner child isn’t very deeply “inner,” but lives near the surface and says thank you to the Universe with a contagious, happy smile. Show your gratitude with passion!

Virgo: Let’s all be grateful for the soft hum of routine, with or without purring kitties! Your simple discipline and routine gets us through the confusion and chaos. Maintaining a modest order and being of service are the best. Thank you!

Libra: Heavenly peace and quiet! Peace on Earth, or the blissful silence when the smoke alarm stops, each moment is a gem. Partners quarrel, then kiss and make up. Any huge or tiny conflict resolved or avoided altogether is a major victory. Thank you!

Scorpio: Like gold still buried in the ground, the most intimate of confided secrets is a precious thing usually well guarded and kept hidden! You appreciate how great it is to be loved, honored, and trusted with the treasures and confessions of others.

Sagittarius: The love of adventure and a desire to experience the great wide world is what keeps your heart beating fast! It reminds the whole Zodiac to be grateful and remember that even daily life can be something grand.

Capricorn: Meaningful work nourishes the soul and comforts the heart! When we see you pursuing your true purpose in life, it’s a life of gratitude in action. Be grateful for the chance – or even for the aspiration – to be useful and helpful.

Aquarius: The freedom to explore and the thrill of discovery are as precious and necessary as the air we breathe! You remind each of us to be grateful for the natural free spirit that we all have, and to make the most of it.

Pisces: This most thankful of signs knows that we are all one big family of humanity. You’re thankful just for being born and being alive in this most mystical of worlds. No one will use those words, though. A hug and kiss will say it all.